Ap­peal to help ail­ing shack-dweller

Daily strug­gle for Ne­mato man liv­ing with HIV

Talk of the Town - - News - TK MTIKI

An HIV-pos­i­tive man, Lindile Bhamba, is cur­rently liv­ing in ap­palling con­di­tions in a back­yard shack in Ne­mato, with no door or even a proper roof over his head.

Dur­ing the re­cent heavy rains, holes in the roof of his shack saw water pour through, making the floor muddy as there is no car­pet or floor­boards.

Ed­ward Nom­fele, who lives in the main RDP house on the prop­erty, brought the plight of Bhamba to Talk of the Town’s at­ten­tion in an ef­fort to ex­pose the ter­ri­ble con­di­tions un­der which he lives.

“Lindile was work­ing in our gar­den and we no­ticed he was cough­ing se­verely,” said Nom­fele.

“My wife and I sat down with Lindile and asked him to go see doc­tors at the hospi­tal.”

Ac­cord­ing to Nom­fele it was at this stage that Bhamba con­fessed to the cou­ple he was HIV-pos­i­tive and had stopped tak­ing his med­i­ca­tion due to the lack of food. Nom­fele said that af­ter that dis­cus­sion he and his wife, Nobuntu, ad­vised Bhamba to restart treat­ment and also com­mit­ted them­selves to pro­vid­ing him with break­fast and sup­per each day.

Al­though this has as­sisted him, Nom­fele lamented that Bhamba was still in need of in­ter­ven­tion.

“A sick per­son like him should not stay in a place like this,” he said.

Bhamba’s par­ents have both passed on and has no bi­o­log­i­cal rel­a­tives to turn to.

He also had no iden­tity doc­u­ment which made it dif­fi­cult to get the South African So­cial Se­cu­rity Agency (Sassa) to pro­vide food parcels for him.

Nom­fele said they had ap­plied for an iden­tity doc­u­ment on his be­half but this still had to be pro­cessed.

“We would love him to stay with us, but we are liv­ing in a small RDP house. The man needs as­sis­tance to help build a shack with a good roof and clean floors, but that re­quires the as­sis­tance of some­one with build­ing knowl­edge which we do not have, and costs that we can­not af­ford,” he said.

To of­fer as­sis­tance, Nom­fele can be con­tacted on 079-345-1138.

Pic­ture: TK MTIKI

HELP NEEDED: Lindile Bhamba, cen­tre, who is liv­ing with HIV, stays in ap­palling con­di­tions in a back­yard shack in Ne­mato. The shack is on the prop­erty of Nobuntu Nom­fele, left, and her hus­band Ed­ward, who are appealing to the pub­lic for help to im­prove the con­di­tions un­der which he is forced to live

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